Welcome to the 14th annual Olympic Peninsula BirdFest!
April 7-9, 2017
This festival provides participants the opportunity to view a wide variety of birds normally seen on the Olympic Peninsula. Field trips are planned for Sequim Bay, Port Angeles Harbor, Ediz Hook, Dungeness Spit, the Elwha River, Salt Creek and at Neah Bay, as well as trips through wooded areas to view songbirds and locate owls in the evening. Boat trips to Protection Island are also planned. The North Olympic Peninsula is widely known as a great place for bird watching. The day of the Olympic BirdFest is timed to overlap wintering birds and the beginning of spring migration.
In addition to the field trips, birders may participate in presentations, workshops and a banquet. A tour explaining the Jamestown S’Klallam tribal totem poles at the Tribal Center and the Seven Cedars Casino will also be offered.
Guest Speaker: Bonnie Block
She will speak at the Banquet on Saturday, April 8, 2017
Topic: (to be determined)
Bonnie Block is a self taught wildlife photographer residing in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle, Wa.
After retiring in 2009 Bonnie was finally able to have the time to combine her love of photography with her lifelong passion for animals and the natural world.
Photographing the birds of the Pacific Northwest as well as birds throught the world has become a major focus in her photography work.
Bonnie prefers to use available light and natural settings for her compositions while observing, but not disturbing her subjects. Additionally, she knows that knowledge of habitat and behavior, combined with patience, are the key to the rewards of “getting” the shot.
Bonnie has had several recent works honored by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), the Seattle Audubon Society and the Photographic Society of America. Her “Bald Eagle and Great Blue Herons” image won the 2016 Audubon Photography Award Grand Prize.